Thursday, August 28, 2008
OK, I'm not actually showcasing my flowers this time. For the past several weeks we've had these beautiful little yellow and black winged visitors that are apparently camera shy. I could drive the car past them and they just sit there and look at me but if I'm not in the car they fly off. So I started keeping the camera right next to the kitchen window and after several attempts I got a picture of this one. I've seen hummingbirds several times too but I don't think there's a chance of me catching one on camera. These little guys like the sunflower seeds. Chloe harvested a handful which is more than we need to grow sunflowers next year so I figure we'll just leave the rest for the birds. And a little word of warning if you want to grow sunflowers next season- birds will snatch them right out of the ground, I lost 5 or 6 that way this year. Southern Living says to start them indoors in peat pots (that will disentigrate after planting) and then plant them when they're about 2 inches high. I think the plants I lost were taller than that but it could have been bunnies I guess. Anyway, watch for birds. Sunflowers make me happy.
And here's a little picture of the end of my street from our front door of the nice hazy-fog-drizzle-rain that Fay left us the other day. OK, ignore the power lines- we live on a hill so they're eye level- and the fact that it was garbage day because I love the view of the hills we have from here. And I love living on a hill at times like this. I can't imagine the kind of flood we'd have to have in order to have any issues.
I got a lot of good ideas from everyone on the fall party post- thanks so much! I think I have a pretty good plan in my head now and I'm not really freaked out anymore. I'll make sure to take pictures. And I'm not even sure when it is. It's fall so that could be Halloween or Thanksgiving which means that it's kind of far away. Now I'm kind of bummed. *BUT* if we change life groups they're having a fall party and I could try out some of the more elaborate autumn desserts on them. Amber mentioned a really pretty cake and Christy mentioned a pumpkin dump cake that I can't wait to get the recipe for...yum!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
So what do you think? Is this kind of property for you? And I also want to know what you think of Open House Tuesday. Do you enjoy it or would you rather hear about my exciting life on Tuesdays like every other day? I asked Travis what he thought and he said he'd read my blog even if I have boring Wednesdays, garlic Thursdays and onion Fridays...well, he's not reading on onion Fridays...I don't know garlic Thursdays sound kind of fun...I could probably come up with something.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
The dramatic formal dining room with beautiful fireplace. I think that this could be a double sided fireplace for the living room and the dining room.
Here's the full bath. I think out of all the rooms, I like this one the least. I think it's the rusty bathtub. Yes, it's probably a style thing.
And that's a wrap. So what do you think? Is it worth $288 per square foot? I think it's absolutely darling and the location is perfect. But I'll just have to keep gawking online, thank you. Are you ready to make an offer?
There was lots of white stuff...
And kind of weird stuff...Anybody want an antler chair?I loved this table. It's a sea green glass mosaic top. It seems like I should be able to make something like that.I loved this seat too but mom and I both tripped over the coffee table legs. And those glass-domed accessories would last about ten minutes at my house. There was an abundance of chandeliers as well. I liked some of them, not the more ornate or crystal covered ones. I like things more simple. Travis wouldn't be caught dead with a crystal covered chandelier at his house and since we live together there probably isn't much of a chance of us ever buying one.
And that covers the picture portion. We also shopped at Bathos and picked up a 'grapes of wrath' face masque. I think it works very well. It's very tingly but I like it. We visited Bijou that I can't find a link for but they have the cutest, quirkiest stuff. I really like it. Then we headed home and mom and dad headed home. It was a really nice visit in the middle of the week.
And tomorrow I'll be touring a really cute historic home with a slightly better price tag than the last one I toured. I think I'll have fun with Open House Tuesday.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
So, here's the drawing.
With some color...
With more color- just past the "shoot I've ruined it" stage. I have that stage in every-single-painting I've ever done.
I decided he needed a friend.
And I think I might be done.
I'm not sure what I'll do with it but I do know that I'm going to practice drawing some more. I wonder what I could do if I took a class but I'm sure I can find a lot of info on the web. That's what started this whole thing to begin with.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Super-cute, huh? And the bird actually matches the tub! OK, truth be told I would use this in any house with any color bathtub but it works with this one when a lot of stuff doesn't. It has a nice cottage-y feel that I love. And we'll just pretend that when I took it out of the package I ironed it, K?I have *much* more to post about because a *lot* of interesting things happened this week- which is why I couldn't post about it. I'm also considering doing a fun thing called "open house Tuesdays" since I don't know a single person that's not at least a bit of a gawker. And if I get to showcase my most favorite city on the planet then it's even better right? Franklin, I'm talking about Franklin. Didn't you know that it's my most favorite place? It would take a really big act of God for me to leave. I got some fun pictures from around town yesterday that I'll get to also. But now I'm off to clean and paint- not necessarily in that order.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Chloe- "Yeah, love 'em. This is an Eric Carle book; look at the picture".
This is her very first ever reference to her favorite author- how exciting! I think I may have a bookworm on my hands. I'm not sure which she likes more the writing or the art but either way I'm proud.
This first kitchen is so beautiful that it makes me want to copy it exactly. I'd have to paint the walls beige but that blue cabinetry seems so worth it. Granted my cabinets don't look anything like that *but* I started to think outside the box. You can find this beautiful kitchen at Restyled Home and it belongs to an actual, real person with actual, real kids. Go figure.
I'm really, really loving this blue- and the blue dishes. I really like blue.
But apparently I like aqua too. I found this at Random Acts of Home Decor. She was touring her new (imaginary) home and these cabinets really stood out to me. Actually the whole house did. It is a beautiful spanish colonial style in Glendale, CA. I showed it to Trav and he really likes it too.
And this one from Delightful Home is beautiful too.
OK, so all the kitchens here are several steps above mine and I don't really expect them to be completely transformed simply because I've painted the cabinets but I think *I* will feel better if I paint them. I haven't wanted to do it at all because it's such a big job and quite frankly, it's taken me over two months to recover from the big wall project. I didn't want to do a thing after that but I think I'm ready to tackle something now. The cabinets are dirty and gross and a fresh coat of paint will make them feel clean if nothing else. So, here are my current paint choices. I've only been to Lowe's though so I may add some. But I think that Trav and I are leaning toward the aqua color. Of course that will mean that it will feel like summer in here all.year.long. So I'm really considering that. I love to use pumpkin and red in the fall and winter, but what the heck, it's my kitchen, I probably will no matter what color the cabinets are. Do you ever get to the point when you want to just say "screw it" and do whatever you want to because it's your house and you don't care about resale value? Well, I'm there. I want to walk in my kitchen and feel happy.
So what do you think?